Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy
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Pemberley Shades: A Lightly Gothic Tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  276 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Originally published in 1949, the unusual plot takes the Darcys into the realm of the Gothic.
Mr. Darcy must appoint a new rector at Pemberley, which affords the author the opportunity to introduce a host of new characters to mingle with the beloved and familiar ones of Jane Austen.
A delightfully witty plot, full of surprises:
"Who could have foretold that Dr. Robinson, w...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark (first published 1949)
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Laurel
It is with great pleasure that I learned that the classic Pride and Prejudice sequel, Pemberley Shades by Dorothy Alice Bonavia-Hunt, would be re-issued in September by Sourcebooks. Originally published in 1949, it was the second Jane Austen sequel ever to be written and not easily available for purchase unless you were lucky enough to find a small boutique publisher’s edition or a second-hand copy offered at outrageous prices for a first edition. Having existed as the ultimate mysterious and al...more
Lynn
Pemberley Shades by D. A. Bonavia-Hunt is subtitled “a lightly Gothic tale of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy,” but very little happens that could justifiably be termed as sinister or bizarre. There is a mystery about one character’s true identity, but we are informed of that almost immediately and Bonavia-Hunt is unable to create a sense of danger or suspense; even when the person who is not Stephen Acworth is making improper declarations or has one or another of the ladies alone. The depiction of character...more
Loralee
Jul 19, 2011 Loralee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Jane Austen fans
Recommended to Loralee by: Laurie
Shelves: chick-lit
I have read Pride and Prejudice several times. It's my favorite Jane Austen book (I've read everything she's written.) When my sister-in-law told me about this sequel, I was intrigued. Who doesn't want to know the "rest of the story?"

This book picks up a few years after Elizabeth and Darcy are wed. They now have a precocious 2 year old son. They are living together very happily, in spite of Aunt Catherine's dire predictions that their marriage is doomed. However, the need to hire a new rector a...more
Georgiana 1792
A few SHADES, more lights

Pemberley Shades fu pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1949 ed è il secondo sequel in assoluto di Orgoglio e Pregiudizio. Al contrario di Old Friends and New Fancies — il primo sequel di Sybil G. Brinton, scritto nel 1913 — D. A. Bonavia-Hunt poteva dare un volto ai suoi protagonisti. L’immaginario collettivo, infatti, poteva immaginare Mr Darcy come Sir Laurence Olivier ed Elizabeth Bennet come Greer Garson.
Non sappiamo se la Bonavia-Hunt abbia visto il film — molto poco...more
Monica
Two words to describe this sequel: simplistic and refreshing.

The writing style and storyline had a simple elegance to it. And while the plot was predictable in places, it was straightforward and believable. As this sequel was published in 1949, the author had no preconceived movie version of Darcy and Elizabeth, and therefore character development stemmed purely from her interpretation of Austen's original work. It was a nice change of pace to read a story written for the original characters an...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Unlike some sequels that start immediately where "Pride and Prejudice" ends, in "Pemberley Shades" we drop in on the Darcy's during their third year of marriage. We see that things haves settled nicely for them, they have established a routine, and learned much about each other. In the midst of this "happily ever after" Darcy searches for a new rector for his parish and has trouble finding anyone who can measure up to his standards (he most likely will not choose anyone who gives any resemblance...more
Christina
Pemberley Shades, originally published in 1949, is widely considered to not only be the first Pride and Prejudice sequel, but first published form of FanFiction. Bonavia-Hunt’s writing style is great; she conjures up beautiful images of Pemberley and the surrounding area, and characters that are true and believable because they are all flawed, all well-developed.

Yet, I thought the story was lacking that spark, that something special that kept it moving. It’s get dull at times with too many walks...more
Hannah
After all the disastrous results of trying Jane Austen sequels, prequels and other "fanfiction", I was ready to go through yet another cringe-worthy experience when my sister picked this up for me from her school library. Surprisingly, I found this one the most enjoyable Pride and Prejudice sequel I had ever read.

Experience had taught me to lower my expectations and accept that authors would be hard pressed to produce a work that matches Austen's literary style, tone, wit, and also stay generall...more
Helen
The first of the P&P "sequels" I've read that really seemed to capture the characters - and produce a story that didn't make me roll my eyes. There's no teeth-clenching passages of Elizabeth admiring Darcy's sexiness, or vice versa; nor does the author seek to punish the characters she dislikes. Instead, this is an at times melodramatic, but surprisingly believable, story of Elizabeth and Darcy dealing with a man who is not what he seems on top of the everyday problems that come from running...more
Becky
What can I say about this one? Me, the skeptic who remains ever-doubtful that the perfect sequel exists? I loved this one! I did! Last week, I talked about what I expected out of an Austen sequel..."I don't expect the writer to be Jane Austen. I don't expect her to try to channel Austen when she's writing. I don't expect her to match Austen's literary style or her wit. Just a teeny tiny smidgen of it is good. If she can capture just a small trace of the charm or humor (or both) then that's enoug...more
Lisa Houlihan
This was actually fine. I read it with pleasure instead of with loathing for both self and text. Perhaps an unrepeatable advantage for this author was to be educated and write before 1950. The plot was reasonable; neither Kitty's nor Georgiana's de-riguer marriage felt forced; Lydia and Mrs. Bennett were absent, which is wise because inimitable; and though also inimitable, Mr. Bennett was in fine form; best of all, conversations between Darcy and Elizabeth rang truthyish.
Kristen
This was an enjoyable P&P sequel. The author did a good job in maintaining the style, language and personalities of the characters P&P fans know and love. The story was interesting, although not really much of a mystery in what occurred, and the new characters that were added were a nice counterpoint to the familiar ones.

There was some fun dialogue between Darcy and Elizabeth, as well as between Elizabeth and several other characters. If you are a Pride & Prejudice fan, I would reco...more
Elisabetta
A general comment of the book is that is not bad, or at least it follows the Austen path of characters and places. So, it is a good sequel which is not turned into something too modern, as I have read in some other occasions. Anyway, it is a bit slow. There are too many walks and they are too long, so I guess this book could have been a bit better with less walking around :P What I found strange is that the Bennet family is not much considered, maybe it would have been nice to see Elizzabeth's p...more
Rachel
I was eager to read this book. I was curious to see what happened to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. While this story was interesting in its own right, it was very difficult to get into. It moved slowly. And though easier to read than Pride and Prejudice, it felt like I was being talked at as opposed to enjoying the ride along with the characters. I wish there had been more dialogue as those sections moved quickly and were far more enjoyable to read.
If you are curious about what may have happened to El...more
Sabrina
I enjoyed this sequel of P&P. It takes place three years after the marriage so we find Elizabeth secure and in charge as Mistress of Pemberely.

The banter between her and Darcy was fun to read and the way Bonavia-Hunt wrote the dialog between them left me in no doubt they were still as much in love and understood each other very well.

I wish Elizabeth hadn't been so slow figuring things out - that made her seem a little dunce. But, seeing as she was SO busy keeping guests, I guess I won't comp...more
Victoria
I loved it! I thought the prose was excellent, but this may have a lot to do with the story being written in 1949 as well as Bonavia-Hunt's life experiences. I deeply enjoyed the "mystery", and was most please about the conclusion. I was surprised with the omission of characters we regularly see in sequels, such as Col. Fitzwilliam, but I liked the new characters very much. I was most impressed with Bonavia-Hunt's characterization of the original characters, it was very authentic and captivating...more
Becky
The author continues the story of Elizabeth Bennet, now married to Mr Darcy. I wasn't expecting to like this story very much, as I imagine it difficult to achieve the literary excellence of Jane Austen. However, the characters were very engaging & the story was fun. Mystery, folly, and manners are very similar to Pride & Prejudice. There are elements of romance but, in my opinion, not nearly as "delicious" as written into Pride & Prejudice. The use of "vintage vocabulary" is aptly ap...more
tree
i don't quite understand why this sequel has retained such a legendary status amongst austen fen. the writing isn't bad, but the story itself is predictable. and elizabeth calling darcy "fitz"? please. this edition definitely does a disservice to the author as it's riddled with errors -- missing or randomly inserted punctuation, as well as erroneous and extraneous words -- that made reading a less than enjoyable task.
Bettielee
A really good twisted tale with lots of ins and outs and mysteries to be solved. And elopement. There must be an elopement in a Pemberley story. Not everyone is what they seem or claim to be in this one. A very fun plot and good use of the characters - they stick to their same personality as they have in the book.
Liriel27
Gothic? Not so much. One Byronic character and a plot twist given away on the back cover do not a Gothic novel make. A decent P&P sequel? Yes. No vagaries of modern language thrown in willy-nilly here. No Elizabeth-doing-things-that-would-have-her-firmly-tossed-from-society. No random horrible events for the sake of random horrible events. It's fairly light, a quick read, and has some sparkles of wit about it.
GONZA
Le premesse c'erano e lo stile riprendeva parecchio quello della zia Jane, ma c'è una flessione pazzesca a metà libro, tutto quello costruito precedentemente cede ad una noia mortale, per poi riprendersi sul finale, per fortuna. Actworth resta comunque, IMHO, il personaggio migliore, quello pieno di sfaccettature, mentre alcuni altri restano troppo bidimensionali...
Miriam
One of the better P&P sequels I've read, probably because it was written back in 1949 before people became obsessed with "modernizing" Darcy and Elizabeth. The writing is clear and witty, and I felt that it remained true to the original characters. The main plot thread was a little odd to me, but I still felt that the book was a worthwhile read overall.
Dancer
Unfortunately, I did not much enjoy this book. Mr. Acworth obsession with Elizabeth Bennet Darcy was a bit disturbing. I understand this is supposed to have a more Gothic feel to it than it does a Regency type of writing, but things are too convoluted for my taste. Sorry!
Megan
The book seems to portray the characters as I found them to be in P&P. The style I writing seemed a little over the top and the it was quite obvious what was going to happen. Was however a pleasant read and I did love Mr. Bennet's comments throughout the story.
Annie
I really liked this book. It was written with the same feel as Pride and Prejudice so it was easy to think that it was a sequel. The characterizations were very close to Pride and Prejudice. I also liked the gothic feel to this - suspense and mystery.
Athos
P&P fan fiction! The second ever published. To some extent entertaining, although the suspense is only somewhat suspenseful, and there's one big buildup that becomes a wah, wah, wah... letdown in a very un-Austen like way.
Mom
Anyone who enjoyed Pride and Prejudice would like this. Though it doesn't have as much going on, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and would like to own it.
Heidi
I enjoyed this very early sequel to Pride and Prejudice - it was much better then some of the ones written in the last 10 years!
Carrie
If Jane Austen could read all of the things that Elizabeth and Darcy have gotten up to since she left them...
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